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  1. I wasn't a fan either but "Greavsie" at least had a self-deprecating sense of humour (can you imagine Redknapp appearing on programmes like Fantasy Football and They Think It's All Over taking the piss out of himself?). Redknapp, on the other hand, isn't particularly warm, rarely comes across as witty, and just seems full of himself. He's Del Boy with a sense of humour bypass and a better car (probably). Maybe he is different privately but the more I see of him the less I like him. Merson and Le Tissier were both excellent players. Le Tissier at his peak was the kind of player you'd pay money just to watch. I feel sorry for younger people who don't have those memories of them and just know them as awful pundits on Sky Sports!
  2. It's embarrassing. When Boris got the gig I thought at the very least he'd be a good frontman - superficial and full of pish and wind, granted, but good at blustering things out. Instead he's just hid behind a succession of ineffectual cabinet ministers sent out in his place. As for Cummings, fuck knows what he must have on them all, if the entire cabinet are prepared to make themselves look like incompetent hypocrites all to save the skin of one man.
  3. I was off work today so I decided to watch the game against Holland. My memory of the game was always of us getting absolutely shredded by the Dutch for the first 15 minutes, before settling down a bit, and the Dutch fans just edging the TA in the singing department - turns out I was right on both counts! I'd forgotten how poor our finishing was though - almost like the current team - but unlike the current team the defence and goalie were excellent. That said, the Dutch missed some great chances - I think we used a tournament's worth of luck in that game! I'd also forgotten about the media's high-handed, sneering attitude towards the team. We weren't exactly title contenders, rightly, but when you consider a large proportion of our squad either played or had played regularly in the English top flight to be so dismissive was just bizarre.
  4. It's a pretty shite attempt at a conga too.
  5. I've occasionally found this with unionists, people usually solidly opposed to the concept of Scotland running its own affairs, sometimes to the point of taking offence at the idea; but then, in certain circumstances, they expect what is essentially a regional government to behave like a sovereign national government with all the relevant powers at its disposal. Not so long ago a 100-year-old man "running" around his garden or Vietnamese schoolchildren donating their pocket money to raise funds for the NHS would be confined to pieces of dystopian satire. Unfortunately, as we're starting to see, it's actually the consequence of a decade of a political choices to run public services on a shoestring. And the Great British public effectively gave the green light for it.
  6. Brits are basically the Americans of Europe. It won't surprise me if we see folk in the UK protesting against lockdown before too long too. I've noticed the press suddenly seem keen on the government lifting the lockdown restrictions as soon as possible (perhaps because newspaper sales have tanked over the past month).
  7. I'm more surprised that the walking gaffe that is David Lammy has been given a job.
  8. Aye, I saw that too (the Tweet has now apparently been deleted!). Another example would be Matt Hancock opening a temporary hospital while clearly suffering from some of the symptoms of the virus - again, little or no media criticism. It's sod's law that the only high profile person to leave their post for going against advice is one who could actually be useful.
  9. That's a fair point. If it was just some crap politician who'd put his or foot out of line I wouldn't care a jot but it's immensely frustrating that the government has lost the services of someone with a skills set that could be crucial right now, and all on the back of some nebby article in a shiterag of a newspaper. As for Prince big ears, there were plenty of people raging about him on social media but very little in the press.
  10. Possibly not - she's a doctor, after all, not a politician. A doctor, even a high profile one, wouldn't normally expect to be followed by paparazzi (I don't buy that the pictures were taken by a neighbour). She did something stupid and I was a bit pissed off when I found out too but there's a lot more to worry about at the moment than one woman's hypocrisy. A hypocrite she may be but she was a health expert, and we need experts right now. Instead she's resigned from her job and the gutter press have a scalp under their belts. Good for them.
  11. Starmer was definitely the best candidate of the three, if Labour are serious about winning a general election this decade. Jackie Baillie though...seemingly her opponent was a councillor. Not an MP, not an MSP, but a councillor! When your choices for deputy leader are a councillor and Jackie fecking Baillie you know your party is in the doldrums. Slab are in Lib Dem territory at the moment!
  12. Both scenarios seem plausible. In fact, where the first is concerned, I'd be shocked if the security services hadn't at the very least tried to infiltrate the SNP - a political party who's main reason for being threatens the very existence of the British state as we currently know it - at some point. Security service plants were used to neuter trade unions in the 1980s and did so quite successfully. It isn't as if it's exactly difficult to join the party either. Plus, look at how the MSM angle has turned on a sixpence from 'Alex Salmond badman!' to 'SNP in crisis!'. Exile's theory has some weight to it, IMO. On the other hand, like you say, the whole affair could just have been cooked up by egotistical careerists, psychopaths in the real sense of the word, who saw his continuing influence as an obstacle to their own career progression, and/or had old scores to settle. It was a free hit for them, knowing that their identities would be protected throughout the trial.
  13. That's exactly what I was thinking too. It wasn't all that long ago he was being slated on here for his performance in an under-21 qualifier. If Gilmour was a striker banging the goals in at a high level, a la Haaland, or even if he was scoring the odd goal at a high level, I don't think there'd be any question about him being in the squad immediately. But he's a playmaker, and with Scotland he'd be passing the ball to players who, in the main, won't be as good as the ones he'd passing to for Chelsea. Behind him there would be a defence that is, let's face it, dugmeat, but it wouldn't be the substandard players getting criticised, it'd be the wonderkid from Chelsea because he wasn't winning games singled handedly. However, you have to have a strong personality to get to the level he's at already (Lampard said something about him being big on character) and it'd be absurd not to pick him just because there are deficiencies in other areas of the team. Clarke's an experienced coach, I'll trust his judgement on whether he's ready or not.
  14. Someone more perceptive than me noted that both the SNP and Labour are becoming embroiled in factional infighting centred around identity politics. The Tories, on the other hand, are not. When you look at it like that it's easy to see which party benefits.
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